St. Joseph Central pounds Truman
By Shawn Garrison The Examiner
Down a starting quarterback, with a team battling self-esteem issues, the Truman Patriots made too many self-inflicted mistakes in a 48-6 Suburban Middle Six loss to St. Joseph Central on Friday night.
The Patriots (0-5, 0-3 conference) fumbled six times – losing three of them, which set up two Central touchdowns – and committed five turnovers in a homecoming defeat at Independence All-School Stadium for their fifth consecutive setback.
Things started promising enough for Truman with a 13-play drive to start the game that lasted nearly seven minutes before stalling at the Indian 12-yard line. But Scott Agee’s field goal try was blocked, and although the Patriots forced a punt on Central’s drive, Demetric Dinwiddie fumbled the return, setting up a 29-yard touchdown run by Brandon Perkins.
The Indians (3-2, 2-1) gouged the Patriot defense for 276 yards on 34 attempts – including 127 on 18 carries to Derek Gray – and scoring scampers of 17, 23 and 29.
And playing without starting quarterback J.T. Hayes for the second straight week, the Patriot offense failed to garner any sustained momentum. Sophomore Alex Ryan threw a pair of interceptions, including a 28-yard pick-6 to Tyree Mayfield.
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